Cause for Pause

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 1:47AM

My Life Closed Twice

Twin Towers


 

 My life closed twice before its close;

        It yet remains to see

If Immortality unveil

        A third event to me,

So huge, so hopeless to conceive,

       As these that twice befell.

Parting is all we know of heave… Read full post »


Obsessing about the repurcussions of the passage of a Personhood Amendment to state and federal Constitutions: The more I think about it, the more WHAT IF questions I have. That obsession started several years ago when a high-profile, fundamentalist evangelical minister said to me direc/

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OCTOBER 29, 2011 4:41PM

Campaignabury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer


Portraits of the Pilgrims, 2012

 "The reader should be aware of these subtle ironic statements which are often made in paradoxical situations."

 

Time:  October/2011

Place: The Tabard Inn on the Campaign Trail

The Narrator: Chaucer portrays  Pilgrims

 

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OCTOBER 4, 2011 10:46AM

SWEDISH COFFEE

I promise this is about Coffee, but from my little corner of the universe, it's impossible to talk about without the inclusion of eggs and their shells.

Using the whole egg takes coffee-brewing to another level which results in a very smoothe cuppa joe. The flavor is… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 1:52AM

Dismantling of the Federal Government

So far, based on statements made in the debates, interviews and publications, these are what the GOP candidates  oppose, want to repeal, reduce to zero, want to privatize or nullify. On Day One.

The more they talk or write, the more this list grows. Daily.

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BREAKING: Coming to a district near you! Watch for it.

At this time of year, it’s customary for many school districts to send parents a Back-to-School letter.  These letters typically express excitement about the upcoming school year; tout campus renovations and technology

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JUNE 20, 2011 8:48PM

If it dies, it dies.

A LETTER TO MY YARD, PLANTS, POND and GARDEN:

 

I'm tired of watering.

 I've had it with this unrelenting and oppressive heat.  It does no good whatsoever because the ground is too parched. Even if it does, the damn pill bugs and ants, and now crickets and… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2010 3:19PM

Sweet JalapeƱo Recipes

 
 
JALAPEÑO PIE
 
An easy, but not hot, fast and delicious dish. I've had this recipe for years and forget about it until somebody mentions Jalapeños.

 I use as many 'store-bought' items as possible including pre-grated

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2010 9:54AM

My Life Closed Twice

Twin Towers


 

 My life closed twice before its close;

        It yet remains to see

If Immortality unveil

        A third event to me,

So huge, so hopeless to… Read full post »

AUGUST 24, 2010 1:53PM

Confederacy of Dunces

 

dunces 3

 I was drawn to this book by the title alone and the uniqueness of the cover. The brilliance of the satire did not set in until after the first couple of chapters.

 Ignatius, an unforgettable force, is clearly a genius. Yet, he… Read full post »

RITA CAT  4
 
REPOST for Gabby Abby's Open Call: 
 
I live in southeast Texas, near Galveston and 50 yards from a tidal bayou that ultimately feeds into the Gulf of Mexico. Several years ago, we lost it everything in a  hurricane.  All of our belongings,
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MAY 25, 2010 12:41AM

PAPERS, Please!


 
What has changed in the US that makes anyone think, that just because we live here, regardless of legal status, that the laws shouldn't apply to all of us? 

As an adult, native-born citizen of this country and
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 america-less-texas green

 Lots of people still talkin' about Secession, aren't they? Conversations, commentary and quasi-debates goin' on all over the place.

Seems to me that several states, 13 or so,  are trying to hold the  federal government hostage with their political… Read full post »

Judging By Her Theology Sarah Palin is Disobeying the Bible

 (Frank Schaeffer co-authored with Linda Trump)


Sarah Palin will never again run for political office if, that is, she really believes the born-again fundamentalist views about women that her church promotes.

Premise: Sarah Palin is… Read full post »
JANUARY 2, 2010 11:16AM

Betrayal Twice Removed

 
 
If you're there, Pete ... call me. 

I have a celebrity last name. Savvy strangers assume a connection to that fame.  Most of the time, when they hear it, they cannot help themselves, and ask instantly and directly how or if 'we' are related. Happens nearly eve

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DECEMBER 31, 2009 2:51PM

2010 Nots

 
 
 new-year
 
In 2010, I RESOLVE NOT to: 

1…Stop fretting over the state of the world. 

2…Subsidize
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DECEMBER 11, 2009 7:46PM

What Border Problem? (Updated Update)


bordermap
 A few days ago, Kanuk posted an excellent piece entitled: Living in a Third World Country which detailed US/Mexico border concerns.  This repost is a spin-off that may give an extended insight to some of those concerns. 
 
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DECEMBER 11, 2009 12:27PM

Suet Time!

 
 
Took the Hummingbird Feeder down today. They've been gone for weeks, but it's stayed up until now, just in case.

Replaced it with a feeder that I've had for years: reminds me of the Eiffel Tower and I like seeing it from my kitchen window.… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 11:26AM

September 11th, 1896

 

Twin Towers

 

Every year I asked high school juniors to construct  a traditional and often dreaded Poetry Project. The mere mention of it caused half the class to tremble, as no doubt many of you remember well.

 

Before 9/11, the finished projects were literal, showing the poet's

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2009 10:39AM

Texas Letter to the Editor

Galveston Daily News masthead

My letter of outrage went out this morning. Hope they don't bomb my house....

BR

 

Dear Editor:

 

I certainly hope that the Galveston Daily News is going to give print and equal time to those of us who are outraged by Texas school districts at theRead full post »

Every day a new post or email appears from friends who have hit the brick wall of a job loss.   I've been through the Job Search process and know well how gut-wrenching and paralyzing that State of Impecuniosity can become.

Bin nair; dun

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AUGUST 2, 2009 2:00PM

Worst Open Call

 

1. Who was your WORST prom date? 

If I told you his name, I'd have to kill you. He's grown into a reallly good-looking man and may have learned how to dance. Dunno.

 

2. Who was your WORST love and do you still talk with him/her? 

My ex-husband.… Read full post »

"As the current bombardment of misinformation being shared about Canada's universal health care system heats up, I feel the need to speak up."


By Kimberley (A Canadian)

Co-contributor, Linda (Blue Roses)(US Citizen living in Texas)

Tue at 8:01 am

Thank you Linda for providing the estimated
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JUNE 27, 2009 10:18PM

Rogues


OPEN CALL: Write a complete story using only 10 words which is not an easy task.

Here's mine which is all I can muster in this southeast Texas heat:


 
 
Rogues
 
 
 
Two rogues:
one bad;
one worse.
Wreaked havoc;
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RITA CAT 4
 
REPOST for Gabby Abby's Open Call: 
 
I live in southeast Texas, near Galveston and 50 yards from a tidal bayou that ultimately feeds into the Gulf of Mexico. Several years ago, we lost everything in a  hurricane.  All of
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